There’s more than just cats and dogs at ARL shelters
Many people assume that animal shelters only have cats and dogs, but here at the ARL we have a knowledgeable staff and are able to accommodate a variety of animals including guinea pigs.
And they are just waiting for to find their perfect match!
Meet BooBoo, an adorable 5-year-old female guinea pig available for adoption at our Boston shelter. She’s a friendly, but shy gal looking for a family to call her own.
Her two favorite activities? Sitting on your lap to get a cheek scratch and snacking on tasty salads.
If you’d like to adopt a guinea pig like BooBoo from the ARL, make sure to bring a photo of the cage that your new pet will live in to make sure it’s a good size and shape for a guinea pig.
Adorable BooBoo strikes a pose during her photo shoot.
Just like any other pet, guinea pigs require special care and attention. Familiarizing yourself with their daily and long-term needs before adding one to your family is also an important step in the adoption process.
Guinea pigs can make great companions for both first-time or experienced pet owners, however they require a bit of patience and a gentle hand.
Once they are comfortable with you and their new surroundings, their personalities really shine through!
For more information on BooBoo or any of the other adoptable animals at our Boston shelter, you can speak with our shelter staff by calling (617) 226-5602. Our shelters are open Tuesday through Sunday 1pm-6:30pm, excluding some holidays.
ADOPT A RESCUE GUINEA PIG MONTH FUN FACT Guinea pigs communicate through a variety of behaviors and sounds. These small animals will make a squealing or whistling sound, for example, to communicate anticipation or excitement–usually before they eat! Meanwhile, a deep sounding purr indicates your guinea pig is comfortable and content.
Thank You Thursday: Proceeds from Pawblo Picasso’s 2015 Pet Calendars Go to ARL Shelter Pets
The holidays are just around the corner and Pawblo Picasso is donating 15% of the proceeds from their 2015 desk calendars directly to the ARL, so you can give a great gift AND give to animals in need at the same time.
The 2015 calendar costs $14.99 and comes packaged in a CD jewel case, which opens up into an easel to display each month. Each month is a separate page and features a colorful painted illustration of a cat or dog by Pawblo Picasso. Every animal has a unique and adorable personality that is beautifully captured in the illustrations. It easily fits on your desk to quickly reference the date and fits perfectly in a stocking.
Boston Veterinary Care offers discount for pets ages 7 and up during Senior Pet Month
November is National Senior Pet Month and National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and that makes it a great time to bring your pet to Boston Veterinary Care for their wellness exam.
In honor of all senior pets, BVC is offering a special senior wellness package for the entire month: Senior Exam, Diagnostic Bloodwork, Fecal Exam, Urinalysis and Nail Trim, all for $210. That’s over $50 off of the list price!
As an added bonus, each senior pet will go home with a pet toothbrush and toothpaste sample to help to maintain their oral health.
If you need a refresher on how to brush your pet’s teeth, ask your veterinary technician or watch the YouTube video demonstration on the bottom of their website: bostonvetcare.com.
Located in the same building as the Animal Rescue League, BVC is conveniently located off of I-90 and I-93, close to the Green Line, Orange Line and Silver Line and offers FREE on-site parking for your convenience.
It’s the last day of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Open your heart to Carrie!
Carrie is a fun 2-year-old dog, who loves to play and will do anything for a treats. She was surrendered to the ARL when her previous owner’s work schedule changed and she was too active for the household. She’s been at our Boston shelter since August 14 and we hope she finds the loving home she deserves, very soon.
Carrie enjoys going for walks and spending time with her human friends. She is very playful and loves to chew on stuffed toys.
Carrie can be picky of her dog friends, but has made a few in her time here at the shelter. Her best bud, Tyson, just went home last week, so she’s hoping it’s her turn now.
One of Carrie’s favorite things is to be at the center of attention, and she would prefer being the only dog in the home.
You’ll notice that Carrie is a bit on the tubby side, and while she looks adorable as she is, she would benefit from a diet. Luckily, she loves to run and play so helping her trim down will be a breeze for someone who has the time to dedicate to her.
A generous adopter has paid part of Carrie’s adoption fee forward to help her find a home during Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, so her fee is discounted by $125.
If Carrie sounds like the dog for you, please visit the ARL’s Boston shelter to meet her! She’d love to be your new best friend!
October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month! Open Your Heart to Louisa.
Louisa is a gal who knows what she wants – a human to call her very own. She’s a tiny 5-year-old chihuahua who came to the Animal Rescue League from another shelter after having puppies and has been waiting for a home since September 5.
She can be shy with strangers, but once she knows you’re here to stay, she’ll be your shadow. She gets very attached to her person and would be happy to hang out with you all day and snuggle. But, as much as she enjoys staying at home, the moment she sees her leash and you tell her she’s going for a walk, she gets very excited and dances in circles all around you! Watch her video below to see what we mean.
While she is very small, Louisa does have a mighty bark and will sound the alarm when you aren’t by her side, so she’ll need a little help working on her separation anxiety. Because she can be a little nervous, we think she would prefer a quiet home without a lot of visitors and activity, so a home with small kids would not be ideal.
Louisa would make the perfect lap dog for someone who spends a lot of time at home and can give her all the love and attention she needs. She wouldn’t mind being your spoiled little princess!
If Louisa sounds like the perfect dog for you, come meet her at our Boston adoption center and help make this a fantastic Adopt-a-Dog Month for Louisa!
October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month! Open Your Heart to Rita.
Rita is an approximately 10-year-old rat terrier mix who came to us after being found as a stray. Don’t let her age fool you – Rita is very active and full of spunk! She is curious about everything and gets very excited when she see squirrels. Despite being very energetic, she also has a cuddly side to her too and will enjoy hanging out with you on the sofa after a long walk.
Rita is a bit overweight, so she’ll need a home where she’ll receive regular exercise along with a proper diet to get back down to a healthier weight.
Rita loves to go for walks and play with her toys. She gets along well with some dogs, but can be a bit choosy. If you have any dogs at home, be sure to bring them along with you to meet Rita.
Thanks to a very generous donor, Rita’s adoption fee is only $100 and includes:
Health screening and behavioral evaluation
Heartworm test and preventative medication
Microchip identification and registration
Collar and leash
If Rita sounds like the perfect dog for you, come meet her at our Boston adoption center and help make this a fantastic Adopt-a-Dog Month for Rita!
One year later, we are happy to report that the puppies are healthy and doing well. We have a very special update on one of the puppies named Tuukka (f.k.a Ollie).
Celebrating his 1st birthday.
According to his new family, Tuukaa is “the biggest love. He needs to be next to someone at all times.” Hi mom said, he “literally is our ‘baby’.”
It’s been an exciting year for Tuukka between fun with kids, vacations and his first birthday, he’s been a busy pup. He took his first vacations this summer to Newport, RI and New Hampshire and loved exploring the new places. On August 27 he turned one and his family celebrated in style by taking him to Petco and spoiling him with gourmet treats, new toys and a goofy birthday hat.
Tuukka absolutely loves children and is a big cuddle bug whenever someone comes over to pet him. According to his owners, “he is definitely the best dog ever.”
Not only does Tuukka have a great new family, but he actually gets to see his real dad. A relative of the family adopted Tuukka’s father, named Dante, also seized during the Middleboro raid.
Tuukka (L) with his father Dante (R)
Dante is doing great as well. He’s a big couch potato and loves lounging around. He and Tuukka are the best of friends and enjoy playing together. Tuukka loves to antagonize his dad, as all sons do, and Dante is so good with him, as if he knows that his son is just a baby and must be handled with patience and care.
Tuukka’s owners just had a baby and report that Tuukka has adjusted great around the newborn. He gets very concerned when he cries and tries comforting him by licking him. Congratulations, to Tuukka’s family on their newest addition! We’re so happy that Tuukka found such a loving family who clearly cares so much about him! Everyone at the ARL wishes you all the best.
Today Maddie, as her new family calls her, is definitely the princess of the house! She is walking well, given her mobility issues, and can climb up and down the stairs in her home.
Maddie’s new-found joy is playing with catnip toys and a fluffy mouse on the end of a string. She plays with both the mouse end and the string end and gets very excited when the string twirls around and she has to grab it.
Her fur is growing back, slowly, but surely. The fur around her face is now very full, and she loves sitting up straight and puffing up a bit to get admiration from anyone looking in her direction! Her adopters say that “Maddie is a wonderful addition to our family and we love her very much!”
Thanks to you, Maddie is clearly getting the royal treatment in her new home!
October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month! Open Your Heart to Tater Tot.
Yesterday marked Tater Tot’s 3-month anniversary from when she first entered the Animal Rescue League’s shelter. This great dog came to us from another shelter, and she’s clearly been through a lot, so we can easily say that it’s about time she found a loving home.
This very sweet, senior dog just wants to find a family to call her own. Here are the most important things you need to know about Tater Tot…
If you want canine kisses, she’ll give them.
If you want a companion for leisurely strolls, she’ll waddle by your side.
If you want a snuggle-buddy to watch movies with, she’ll be your couch potato.
Tater Tot will make a great addition to a family with or without children and warms up quickly to new people. Tater Tot would do best as an only dog, because being an older girl, she doesn’t like it when other dogs jump on her.
Please make this a special Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month for a great dog. Consider opening your heart and home to Tater Tot.
Here at the Animal Rescue League our staff have all sorts of pets and among them is a deaf dog named Tippy. What better time to share her story with you than during Deaf Pet Awareness Week? Read on to learn about Tippy.
A little over 8 years ago, Maryann Regan, director of shelter operations at the ARL, was managing the animal intake office of our Boston adoption center when a local animal control officer brought in an extremely wiggly and happy white dog.
The officer explained that the municipal shelter had no room and wanted to know if we had kennel space to house this stray dog. “Almost the moment the officer handed the leash over to me,” says Maryann, “this dog was tugging at my heart strings. She immediately began to give me kisses and her wiggles were out of control- she seemed like a very happy, sweet girl!”
Maryann found herself spending extra time with her, –going for long walks, giving her extra play time in the play yard, and sharing a few extra treats. Something told her that this dog was meant for her family.
“I introduced her to my husband and it was love at first site. We decided, after her medical exam and behavior evaluation, we would adopt her as long as she and the other family members got along. The other family members are two senior cats that also have a very special place in our hearts.”
During her behavior evaluation, the wiggly white dog performed true to form–high energy, playful, happy, and sweet!
As affectionate and people-oriented as she behaved, however, she also tended to ignore us when we called for her.
Maryann explains: “It wasn’t consistent with what she was typically displaying in her personality because she was usually very concerned or interested in being near every person she met. She loved people! Then, why was she ignoring us?”
The pre-adoption medical evaluation identified the issue: this dog was deaf.
“It’s not uncommon for white animals to be deaf. This dog was all white, with the exception of a few, adorable black dots here and there bounced around on her body,” says Maryann. “All the times we called for her attention that she did not respond to was not her ignoring us, she simply couldn’t hear us.”
Neither Maryann or her husband had experience with a deaf dog, but Maryann felt confident that they could educate themselves on how to handle her appropriately. “I had such a strong bond with this dog, I had no reservations about doing all the homework necessary to make this a successful adoption for us, the cats and for her.”
So, if you’re considering adding a pet to your family, don’t overlook deaf pets in your search.
Notice: In Observance of Memorial Day, ARL's administrative offices will be closed on Monday, May 29. Our adoption centers, programs, and services will resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday, May 30.